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Joel Grimes’ work is instantly recognizable. From powerful, dynamic posing, to a rich, yet desaturated, HDR look, to masterful compositing which is both surreal and firmly grounded in reality, his photography is iconic. His work has such intensity that, when I met Joel a few years back, expected him to be equally intense and, perhaps, […]

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Brian Smith Portraits of Kathmandu Nepal

Editor’s Note: We’re pleased to welcome Brian Smith to the Photofocus team.  Brian’s portraits of celebrities, athletes and business executives have appeared on the covers of many magazines.  He brings a great perspective on how to capture compelling portraits.  Please welcome him to the site. Creating a compelling portrait can take a lot of thought […]

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I photograph a lot of people in their places–people working and living and their environments. These environmental portraits are so much fun to make, but I’ve usually got a limited time to make them–business people can only halt business for so long while I make pictures. That’s why it’s important that I have some systems […]

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Environmental portraits show people in their place, their habitat. The environment sets the mood and the place of the story, and a single look at the photograph can tell you what the story is about. Let me show you three things I think about as I light the background to make an environment worth photographing. 1. It’s Gotta Be […]

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Environmental portraiture means different things to different people. To me, an environmental portrait can be designated as such when the environment, i.e., the surrounding area, plays a large part in the photo. Environmental portraits help establish context and make it easier to divulge the personal interests and lifestyle that your subject enjoys. For me, if […]

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